Knowledge base

Knowledge Base is a collection of thoughtful and unique stories and tidbits that celebrate wine.

Whether you're just getting started or are a wine aficionado, this is your destination for knowledge. Published by Usual, a lifestyle brand designing and creating thoughtful and delicious wines and beverages, Knowledge Base celebrates indulging yourself with information and a glass of wine, whenever, wherever, and however you want.

Orange Wine: What Is It and What Does It Taste Like?

Orange Wine: What Is It and What Does It Taste Like?

You may have seen orange wine lurking on the wine menus of on-trend restaurants or being pushed your way by an eager sommelier. But what gives orange wine its extraordinary color? It is made with oranges? What does it taste like? We’ll answer all of your questions and show you how to pair this unique wine.

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Guide To Sweet Wines for Those Who Don’t Like Sweet Wine

Guide To Sweet Wines for Those Who Don’t Like Sweet Wine

Think you hate sweet wine? Let us show you the light. Whether you're a new wine drinker or a sommelier at heart, join us as we delve into the dulcet realm of sweet wines, including how they're made, what makes them unique, and which sweet and savory foods pair best with these luscious liquids.

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When Good Wine Goes Bad: Can Old Wine Make You Sick?

When Good Wine Goes Bad: Can Old Wine Make You Sick?

In this article we take a look at the do’s and don'ts of wine aging and storage, to help you to decide whether you should drink that mysterious, dusty old bottle you’ve discovered in the basement. Can that old wine make you sick? We'll guide you through everything you need to know.

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Pinot Noir Wine: How This Red Varietal Rules the World

Pinot Noir Wine: How This Red Varietal Rules the World

There's more to Pinot Noir wine than you might realize. In this guide, you'll learn more about this favorite, including where it's grown, what it tastes like, and how it's made. You'll also get some tips for enjoying Pinot Noir whether you're sipping solo at home or planning a fun wine tasting party with friends.

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Can You Freeze Wine? How Extreme Temperatures Affect Wine

Can You Freeze Wine? How Extreme Temperatures Affect Wine

If you’ve ever opened too many bottles of wine at a dinner party, you may have wondered, “Can you freeze wine?” Or perhaps you left a bottle in the freezer by accident as you tried to chill it — is it destined for the trash? In this article we’ll tell you all you need to know about cooling, freezing, and thawing wine.

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Chardonnay Wine: A Non-Snobby Guide to the World's Most Popular White Wine

Chardonnay Wine: A Non-Snobby Guide to the World's Most Popular White Wine

Whether you're planning a special event or just staying in for the evening, Chardonnay wine is always a good time. This resilient little grape is found worldwide and offers a wide breadth of flavors depending on where it grows and how it's made. In other words, there's a Chardonnay for every palate, including yours.

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Why Muscadine Wine Has Been Shunned (and Why You Should Try It Anyway)

Why Muscadine Wine Has Been Shunned (and Why You Should Try It Anyway)

Saying that Muscadine wine isn’t one of the most popular wines on the market is an understatement. For some, though, Muscadine wine is a guilty pleasure. Delve into the history of Muscadine wine, its unique flavors, and its surprising health benefits in order for you to make your own mind up.

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5 Low Alcohol Wine Choices You’ve Got to Try

5 Low Alcohol Wine Choices You’ve Got to Try

For those who want to consume less alcohol without sacrificing taste, low alcohol wine is here to save the day (and tomorrow morning). We’ve compiled a list of some of the best lower alcohol wines for you to try. From sparkling Brut to fruity reds, this guide will help you beat the hangover.

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Merlot Wine: Your Complete Guide to This Versatile Varietal

Merlot Wine: Your Complete Guide to This Versatile Varietal

Here's what you need to know when enjoying Merlot wine, including the best temperature for serving, the most delectable food pairings, and the type of glassware you may want to use at your next wine tasting party.

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Your Guide to the World's Most Popular Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon: Your Guide to the World's Most Popular Red Wine

Arguably the world's most recognized red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon has become a favorite among sommeliers and newbies alike. In this guide, we're sharing everything you need to know about this beloved beverage, including where it comes from, what it tastes like, and how it's made.

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5 DIY Wine Glass Rack Ideas That Will Keep Your Stemware Safe

5 DIY Wine Glass Rack Ideas That Will Keep Your Stemware Safe

From rustic creations to modern designs, get ready to roll up your sleeves and create your own stylish glassware storage solution. We’ve curated a list of five winning ideas for making a DIY wine glass rack. But first, let's review why the types of stemware you choose makes a difference.

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Discover 14 of the World’s Favorite Wine Varietals

Discover 14 of the World’s Favorite Wine Varietals

In this guide we will cover the most popular wine varietals that you’ll encounter in the grocery store and at restaurants. From the fabulously French Cabernet Sauvignon to the infamously Italian Pinot Grigio, all the way to California’s pride and joy, Zinfandel, this is your beginner’s guide to wine varietals.

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